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Pouncing Red Fox


Pouncing Red Fox

“Red Fox Pouncing In Snow” – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming – Tin Man Lee – Featured Photographer

Here is another amazing image from one of Charles Glatzer’s students (remember the Spirit Bear).  Talk about a moment in time.  Last week we had a snarling wolf, this week a jubilant red fox.  Tin Man wasted no time capturing this image and was handsomely rewarded.  It reminds me of one of those Matrix type sequences where time stops and you all of a sudden get a 360 degree pan of the hero just before something cool happens.  If this doesn’t make you want to give Charles a call about one of his workshops, I know it at least leaves you craving for more of Tin Man’s portfolio so check it out at either www.500px.com/tinman or www.tinmanphotoblog.com.  He has a jumping coyote in almost the same pose.

 Enter Tin Man:

I went to Yellowstone National Park in Winter 2012 with one goal: To photograph the elusive Red Fox in snow.  I was with Chas Glatzer’s photography group which I highly recommend.  Before, I’ve heard people trying year after year for over 10 years to look for red fox here with no success. But I thought red fox might be easier to spot in the white snow.  I was almost wrong.  After 6 days of non-stop full-day searching between mammoth hot spring and old faithful back and forth, we finally saw a small red fluffy animal sitting at road side not too far from us.  Knowing that the window of opportunity might be really short, I didn’t bother to set up my tripod.  I just grabbed my camera with the 500mm telephoto lens and dashed out of the snow coach.  Just within a few seconds, the fox crouched down, at the perfect angle slightly facing me, and pouncing was imminent.  In a split second, he jumped at least 5 feet up in the air.  I was able to capture the moment right before the landing where his head impact with the snow to strike for a mouse.  The pose somehow looked like he was floating in midair trying to glance into the ground.  The whole action sequence happened really fast, probably less than a second.  I felt lucky that this photo captured the beauty of the hunt.  We never had such a good opportunity again.

Canon 1D Mark IV

Canon 500mm F4 IS

Canon 1.4X III teleconverter

ISO 800




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  2. Great image.

  3. What a great picture…done well!!!

  4. Lee,

    Great shot and congrats!


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  6. Fabulous shot. Love it! Thanks for sharing it.

  7. Hehe, this photo follows on nicely from my own recent blog post about foxy friends! Great shot of a fox hunting for prey under the snow. One scared little mouse, no doubt.

  8. Best image I have seen yet this year and I look at a lot of images every day.

  9. Love this…I’ve seen it on tv….must have been wonderful to se it thru the lens….

  10. To be sly is to master aesthetics pleasing to a foe, and use it to your advantage.

  11. *Like* 🙂

  12. that is one amazing photo for the day! thank you.

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  14. Such an amazing photo!

  15. You do find the best of the best – thanks for that!

  16. Wonderful capture of the moment.

  17. He is so athletic! We wonder what is under that snow.
    Bella and DiDi

  18. Caught in mid-flight, amazing shot! The pure white background behind the fox adds class to the picture, somewhat like minimalist yet effective design.

  19. that is an awesome shot in motion!!

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  21. Amazing

  22. wow, awesome shot , can’t better done!

  23. I love foxes! This guy’s like a leaping flame on snow! I’m overjoyed. ^.^

  24. Fabulous photo! I’m delighted to share this one with my mom and grandma!

  25. Brilliant.

  26. Nice!

  27. Superb.

  28. Truly amazing!

  29. I here the Lakers are trying to sign that very fox because he gets such “big air”. LOL Once in a life time shot congrats.

  30. Superb!

  31. Beautiful photograph, lovely fox. Well done.

  32. Holy Cow! (or should I say Fox)…

  33. Great photo, sometimes “lucky shots” are the most beautiful.

  34. What a terrific action shot!

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  36. WOW!!! stunning…i love foxes, and this is just amazing. painterly, almost unreal. i hope he got to eat in that winter cold!

  37. There is a storybook quality about this image. My imagination conjures up a fairytale.

  38. Because I love your pictures, I nominated your blog for the Sunshine Award: http://thenorthwardroute.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/awards/. Have a nice day, and please keep posting such beautiful pictures 🙂

  39. Exciting shot!

  40. Wonderful shot!

  41. Love this photo! Great site!

  42. This is something spectacular !!!!!

  43. Looks like he is poised for the kill. What a contrast between the snow and the fox. Beautiful!

    Sue Bock

  44. Awww, like a tightrope walker.

  45. Another fabulous photo

  46. What a great shot! I love it!

  47. LOL! Never seen such pose. I have quite a few Foxes in my neighborhood too…. Ann

  48. Looks almost like its having lots of fun 🙂

  49. This is a beautiful shot – the textures and colours of the fox captured so well – thanks!

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